Stories for February 2018

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Saturday, February 24

   

Letter to the Editor: Here we go again...

I should feel sad, heartbroken after another mass shooting. Instead I am furious! Here we go again. Officials send their “thoughts and prayers.” After a week or so the news dies down and we just do NOTHING about it.

February 24, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Horrified by headline

To the editor: “Horrified” is the only word to describe my reaction to the Chronicle headline “TD finds BB gun ‘no threat.’” Reading the text only worsened my horror. As the victim of a BB shot that nearly destroyed my eye when I was 9 or 10 years old, I think my reaction is understandable.

February 24, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
  

Big Sky girls earn awards

Big Sky Conference girls’ basketball players were honored after tournament action concluded last Saturday in Madras with several big names making the cut.

February 24, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Friday, February 23



Looking Glass Land

The Dalles Theatre Company performs the comedy “Looking Glass Land” beginning today at the Columbia Gorge Community College theater.

February 23, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Big Sky boys honored

Big Sky Conference boys’ basketball players were honored after tournament action concluded last Saturday in Madras with several big names making the cut.

February 23, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Before Baker, Sherman must deal with Grand View

Moments after the final buzzer rang in Sherman’s 74-44 victory over Condon-Wheeler last Saturday, there wasn’t a lot jumping around in celebration – three straight district titles is a nice thing, but this team has loftier goals to accomplish. The drive for a third consecutive state championship starts at 4 p.m. Saturday against No. 16-ranked Grand View Christian Academy in Moro with a trip to Baker City hanging in the balance.

February 23, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


TD cheer has one final shot at redemption

In the competitive cheer world, there is a thin line between winning and second place. Luckily, The Dalles cheerleaders have one last opportunity to show their heart and pride this weekend at the United Spirit Association Spirit Nationals at the Anaheim Convention center in Anaheim, Calif.

February 23, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
 

Main Street celebrates with open house

The Dalles Main Street will host “A Slice of Downtown” at the National Neon Sign Museum on Friday, Feb. 23, 7-9 p.m., to celebrate its programs and update the community on current and upcoming projects. While the evening will primarily be a social event, attendees will hear short presentations by Victor Johnson, who will be speaking on his Historic Herbring House Revitalization project; Travis Dillard, on his 2nd Story Apartments project in the Honald Building; and Dwight Unti, President of Tokola Properties Inc., who will present his company's proposed project in downtown The Dalles.

February 23, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Development plans moving forward

The Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal Agency voted 6-2 Tuesday to move ahead with negotiations on an agreement for development of a national brand hotel at First and Union streets. The board also voted 7-1 to sign a binding agreement with Tokola Development that will finalize details for conversion of the old Tony’s building on Second Street into housing units on the upper floors and retail space at street level.

February 23, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Thursday, February 22



Students organize projects to help, learn

Dry Hollow Elementary School’s third, fourth and fifth-graders show involvement in their school and community through service projects organized by the student council, which are intended as an outreach and to increase communication and leadership skills. This month, they focused on making valentines for residents of the Oregon Veterans’ Home.

February 22, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


No. 6 Joseph takes control in state sub-round win

MORO – As the curtain closes on a promising breakthrough for the Sherman girls’ basketball program, head coach Steve Bird is looking forward to a productive offseason with all but three players returning for play next winter.

February 22, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


TD girls edged out by HRV

A state play-in berth was riding on the line. The Dalles girls’ basketball team fell behind by a 13-0 margin in the first half and fought to even the score at 43-all, but a free throw, followed by a missed buzzer-beater gave Hood River Valley a state-play-in clinching 44-43 win Tuesday in Hood River.

February 22, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


TD has play-in hopes dashed by Hood River

Hood River Valley staked itself to a 17-point cushion at one point, but The Dalles stormed back to cut the lead down to five points with two minutes remaining, but could not get any closer in what was a 64-53 road triumph for the Eagles Tuesday on senior night at Kurtz Gym in The Dalles. “It was super-frustrating losing to Hood River in my last game at home,” TD senior Dakota Murr said.

February 22, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
   

Dog park explored

A well-attended drop-in session earlier this month helped the parks and recreation district get a sense of what the public is looking for in terms of dog-friendly local parks.

February 22, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Wednesday, February 21



An invitation to prayer

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is offering Taizé prayer services during Lent on Sundays at 7 p.m. in the chapel at Fifth and Union streets. Lent, a preparation period in the Christian liturgical calendar leading up to Easter Sunday, is used as a time of prayer, penance and fasting for Christian communities to prepare for the celebration of Easter.

February 21, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
 

Dufur’s Crawford jumps from 8-man to Div. III

When thinking of the male influences in his life, Dufur senior Curtis Crawford names off his teammates and coaches, his father, Rick Crawford, grandfather, Ron Townsend and family friend, Russ Pishion as crucial mainstays in his development. But, mama is No. 1. It is that stronghold and positive example that has given Curtis a will to expect the best from himself, as he approaches the next phase of life as a football player at George Fox University, where he is slated for duties as a receiving tight end at the Division III school.

February 21, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Thomasian signs on to play at Clark College

In her freshman year as a softball player, Jodi Thomasian came up to the plate in a pressure situation with a runner at second base. Thomasian will use the relentless drive and passion at Clark Community College in Vancouver, Wash., where she accepted scholarships to play both softball and basketball for the Penguins.

February 21, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
 

Mays runs as ‘team player’

Richard Mays has a wealth of experience in city management that he wants to put to work for citizens of The Dalles as their next mayor. “I want to give back to this community,” he said.

February 21, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Truck overturns in TD

One of two tankers pulled by a semi rolled over early Wednesday on Sixth Street across from Cousin's Inn and Restaurant. The truck was pulling out of a parking area when the back trailer sunk in the soft shoulder of the road and tipped. The truck was carrying a load of oil, and was checked for leaks, but no leaks were found, according to witnesses. Contributed photo Bob Lindsay

February 21, 2018 10:45 a.m. read more..


Weather impacts region with program delays

North Wasco County Schools will be on a 2 hour delay for Wednesday, Feb. 21. Dufur Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late Hood River Co. Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late, AM buses on snow routes Stevenson-Carson Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late. Snow Rts: Pepper and Corn. Early Dismissal Canceled Head Start /Early Childhood Centers: Mid-Columbia Children's Council: The Dalles and Wahtonka 2 hour delay. All Child Care will open at 9:30, EHS/HS classrooms will open at 10. No PM class; Maupin Head Start class canceled.

February 21, 2018 5:26 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, February 20



‘Urban tellers’ return to Civic Auditorium

After selling out at The Dalles Civic Auditorium last March, Portland Story Theater is returning Feb. 24 with “Urban Tellers,” a unique theater experience where performers share personal stories live on stage.

February 20, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


TD’s Scott locks in fifth-place honors at state

JR Scott went 3-1 in consolation action to pick up fifth place, and senior teammate Glenn Breckterfield went 1-2 in his final matches at the OSAA State Wrestling Championships at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

February 20, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Huskies pull off historic district three-peat

MADRAS – Although blessed with a solid core of returners, there were some questions as to whether or not the Sherman boys’ basketball team had the depth and firepower to make up for the loss of four graduated seniors.

February 20, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


SWC scores first district crown since 1983

MADRAS – The South Wasco County Redsides have always used a team-first approach to athletics. Playing without injured Jada Myers, the Lady Redsides had three players foul out and two other finish with four fouls, and still had enough to come away with a 51-41 victory over Sherman to capture their first Big Sky Conference championship since the 1983 season.

February 20, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
 

Letter to the Editor: Who Walden serves

To the editor: Fellow District 2 constituents: I’d like to offer a summary of our Rep. Walden’s voting record. You can check it out for yourself at votesmart.org, a non-partisan summary of all politicians’ voting records.

February 20, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
  

Not over yet...

The Dalles got a reminder that it is still winter when heavy wind-driven snow briefly created blizzard-like conditions before dawn Sunday morning on Sixth St. and Cherry Heights Rd, above, and throughout the area. A mix of snow and sun is forecast through Thursday.

February 20, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


TD finds BB gun ‘no threat’

A BB gun was found in a student’s backpack at The Dalles Middle School a month ago, but school officials issued no notices to parents because it was determined not to be a threat, the superintendent said.

February 20, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Monday, February 19



Football has several changes ahead of fall year

PORTLAND (OSAA) — Players in high school football who are detected with missing or improperly worn equipment during playing action will be removed from the game for at least one down, unless the improper equipment is directly attributable to a foul by the opponent. This revision in Rule 1-5-5 and other related rules was one of five rules changes for the 2018 season recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Football Rules Committee at its January 19-21 meeting in Indianapolis.

February 19, 2018 1:58 p.m. read more..


TD skiers get two races atop Timberline

Due to the lack of snow this year, The Dalles ski team has missed out on every race on its schedule, except one, which meant coach Dane Klindt’s crew had to pull double duty last Sunday in a pair of giant slalom runs on the Paintbrush Course at Timberline Ski Resort.

February 19, 2018 1:51 p.m. read more..
  

Editorial: Fun facts about U.S. presidents

Although the February holiday now known as President’s Day — this year on Feb. 19 — is still officially on the books as Washington’s Birthday, it has morphed into a time to remember all 45 men who have led the country. The holidays switched from honoring President George Washington, one of our founders, on his Feb. 22 birthday to Presidents’ Day as part of the 1971 Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which sought to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers.

February 19, 2018 1:37 p.m. read more..
 

A Life of Service

While many community members are working with the Blue Zones Project to find their purpose and use it in some type of outreach, Klea Espy, 78, is looking to scale back volunteer time. “I’ve finally had to cut some things out because I had something going every single day of the week,” she said. Volunteerism has been a way of life to Epsy, who is still involved in a variety of charitable causes.

February 19, 2018 1:21 p.m. read more..

Friday, February 16



Changes coming for ‘18 soccer season

PORTLAND (OSAA) – High school soccer teams will be reversing their home and visiting uniforms next season. Effective with the 2018-19 season, the home team will wear dark jerseys and socks, and the visiting team will wear solid white jerseys and solid white socks. This uniform change was one of nine rules revisions recommended by the National Federation of State High School Association’s (NFHS) Soccer Rules Committee at its January meeting.

February 16, 2018 1:33 p.m. read more..


TD Booster Club has expansion hopes

The Dalles High School Booster Club has a mission to encourage excellence for all students involved in athletic activities, stimulate a positive community image, promote student health and a healthy competitive spirt at TDHS by providing resources, promoting parent and community involvement in a strategic partnership designed to enhance the development of all athletic activities.

February 16, 2018 1:32 p.m. read more..


Spots open for CGBA tournament

Just eight days remain until action begins for the second annual Winter Classic Basketball Tournament, which is scheduled to run on Feb. 24-25 at Kurtz Gym and The Dalles Middle School.

February 16, 2018 1:31 p.m. read more..


Wilson takes reins as TD girls’ golf coach

Through her work with a traveling PGA Junior League in tournaments, training sessions and camps as the PGA golf professional at The Dalles Country Club, Amy Wilson has seen a burgeoning stockpile of talented golfers rising up the ranks over the years. Now, she can finally put that expertise to action as the new head coach of The Dalles High School girls’ golf program.

February 16, 2018 1:30 p.m. read more..
 

Wasco County on stage at the Olympics

The first thing viewers noticed while watching the U.S. Olympic team march through the Parade of Nations at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics opening ceremony was their battery-powered heated parkas, designed by Ralph Lauren and created by a family-owned company in New Jersey. Each piece of clothing included in the U.S.’s Olympic uniform has a similar American story to tell: jeans made by a non-profit company in Texas, hats and base layers from a business run by a brother-sister duo in Los Angeles, gloves made in New York; and one of those stories is right here in Wasco county. Imperial Stock Ranch, owned and operated by the Carver family, provided wool for the sweater, hat and other knit pieces worn by the U.S. Olympic team in the opening and closing ceremonies.

February 16, 2018 1:24 p.m. read more..


Urban renewal faces new crisis

The Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal Agency’s narrow vote to move ahead with negotiations on an agreement for development of a national brand hotel at First and Union streets will be revisited Tuesday, Feb. 20, due to a technicality. The body of appointed and elected officials meets at 5:30 p.m. in city hall, 313 Court Street.

February 16, 2018 1:18 p.m. read more..

Thursday, February 15



Valentine’s run gets harriers ahead of the field

Greeted by sunny skies, 70 local harriers had a chance to shine under top conditions for the 11th annual Valentine’s Day 3k, 5k and 10k River Trail run/walk at Lewis and Clark Festival Park in The Dalles with several putting out solid numbers along the way.

February 15, 2018 1:46 p.m. read more..


Court queens get a chance to make their mark

The South Wasco County girls’ basketball team opened eyes during the regular season with 21 wins and a 15-game winning streak. It appears that the Lady Redsides are hitting their stride at the right time for Big Sky Conference girls’ basketball competition at Madras High School.

February 15, 2018 1:36 p.m. read more..
 

Murals, cafe introduced at Granada

The Granada Theater in downtown The Dalles has been a visual staple of the town since it was erected in the 1920’s and now, after being closed for the winter following its grand re-opening, the theater is ready to really show off its intensive renovation, which includes two original murals inside the theater.

February 15, 2018 1:23 p.m. read more..


Parenting classes begin next week

The Dalles chapter of “Raising Highly Capable Kids,” a parenting course that teaches skills for supporting older kids, is launching its first two sessions this coming week. A Tuesday evening English class will begin Feb. 20, 6-7 p.m. in room 210 of The Dalles Middle School; and a Wednesday evening Spanish class will start Feb. 28, 6-7 p.m. in room 309 of Wahtonka School.

February 15, 2018 1:16 p.m. read more..


Man sentenced in TD home invasion

The homeless man who broke into a woman’s home early last Thanksgiving by kicking in her front door was sentenced to 40 months in prison for first-degree burglary.

February 15, 2018 1:14 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, February 14



TD cheer gets sixth at state

The Dalles cheer squad placed sixth overall out of the 10-team 5A state field last weekend at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

February 14, 2018 2:04 p.m. read more..


Rally comes up short for TD boys

Down 33-24 with one quarter left to play, The Dalles boys’ basketball team outscored Hermiston by a 17-13 margin and wound up just shy of completing a comeback in a 46-41 loss Tuesday at Hermiston High School.

February 14, 2018 2:03 p.m. read more..


Riverhawk girls basketball takes loss versus Hermiston

In their first game without starting point guard Paulina Finn and a handful of players saddled with illness, The Dalles kept pace with No. 14-ranked Hermiston until the fourth quarter, when the Bulldogs used a 14-7 run to get the 39-31 victory Tuesday in Columbia River Conference girls’ basketball action at Kurtz Gym.

February 14, 2018 2:02 p.m. read more..


Huskies gunning for state at district tourney

This is the big time. The scene is the Buffalo Dome in Madras, Friday and Saturday, with hundreds of fans energized for action-packed basketball. The Sherman Huskies have been there and done that on their way to back-to-back district and state championship crowns, so the veteran players on the roster know how to handle any situation that is thrown their way.

February 14, 2018 1:54 p.m. read more..
 

New recruiter joins fire leadership team

A nationwide, longstanding drop in volunteerism across all interests has so impacted the fire service that federal grants have been awarded to boost volunteer firefighter rosters. Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue has begun its second four-year grant-funded position aimed at increasing volunteerism.

February 14, 2018 1:39 p.m. read more..


Wyeth trail takes shape in Gorge

High above Interstate 84 west of Hood River, constructions crews were hard at work Friday assembling pieces of an over-land bridge that will reconnect abandoned stretches of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. Drivers will see delays in the construction area, starting Friday, Feb. 16.

February 14, 2018 1:30 p.m. read more..


Colors of Love

Tim and Ann Willis got married on July 7, 2007, because “we have rotten memories and that is a date we can both remember.” They were introduced by mutual friends, Tedd and Rymmel Lovell, who thought their personalities would mesh well. They were right, say the Willises.

February 14, 2018 1:15 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, February 13



Short-handed Hawks set solid times at districts

HOOD RIVER – If The Dalles swim team was going to give itself a chance to do some damage and have several athletes make the big jump to the state meet, all systems needed to be firing on all cylinders. Unfortunately, head coach Shea MacNab had to do some last-minute re-shuffling to his roster due to three varsity swimmers knocked out of action with illness issues and, because of that, two relays were scratched, and the group missed out on between four-to-six finals swims at last weekend’s Columbia River Conference District Swim Meet at the Hood River Aquatic Center in Hood River. Nonetheless, the Riverhawks posted 10 top-5 finishes, Natalie Varland had a second and a third, Will Evans chalked up fourth, and three relays placed third or better.

February 13, 2018 1:55 p.m. read more..


Riverhawk duo earns wrestling state bids

JR Scott endured his share of physical challenges through the wrestling season, as lingering sickness nearly derailed his state-championship hopes. As time has gone on, however, Scott is rounding into form, entering Special District 4 Wrestling Tournament in Redmond with a streak seven wins in his last eight matches.

February 13, 2018 1:54 p.m. read more..
  

Letter to the Editor: Help honor grandpa

To the editor: Secret Birthday Surprise: Jim Kiefert will be 80! He was Superintendent of Chenowith School District 9 and retired in 2001. My grandpa is one of the most influential, inspiring, kind, compassionate, uplifting, magnificent people I know. And I know you all feel the same way as well.

February 13, 2018 1:44 p.m. read more..
 

Principal gets music award

The Dalles Middle School Principal Sandy Harris never misses a music performance by students at the school, and is always ready with a compliment for their work. For her ongoing support, she was awarded the Oregon Music Education Association Outstanding Administrator Award last month.

February 13, 2018 1:37 p.m. read more..


State launches *OSP number

Oregon State Police is launching a new direct-call number, Star OSP (dialed as *OSP or *677), to give the public an easy to remember way to contact OSP dispatch.

February 13, 2018 1:35 p.m. read more..


Share a red, white and blue moment

Boy Scout Troop 398 wants to unfurl more flags during holidays and is asking community members to help fund that endeavor. The Dalles-based group hits the streets about 6 a.m. every holiday to place about 200 flags along Second, Third, Fourth and Sixth streets. Their goal is to more than double that number to add red, white and blue to more celebrations and observances.

February 13, 2018 1:29 p.m. read more..

Saturday, February 10



Dufur dominates Mitchell-Spray

Alexus Outlaw, Chloe Beeson and Raymona Meanus scored 10 points each, and the Dufur Lady Rangers took a step closer to a possible postseason bid after cruising past Mitchell-Spray, 61-9, Friday in a Big Sky girls’ basketball contest played in Dufur.

February 10, 2018 noon read more..


SWC cruises past Arlington, 57-17

Every player had at least one field goal, and the South Wasco County Redsides won their 14th consecutive game, 57-17, versus Arlington in a Big Sky Conference contest played in Arlington.

February 10, 2018 11:59 a.m. read more..


Huskies close to district spot with a 19-point win

In the big moments, Desiree Winslow stepped up to the challenge with 16 points, nine in the second half, as the Sherman Huskies broke open a 20-17 lead with a 31-15 second-half run to notch a 51-32 victory against Ione Friday in Moro.

February 10, 2018 11:59 a.m. read more..


Honkers hit 13 threes in victory

The Arlington Honkers had their shooting touch working to the tune of a season-high 13 3-pointers in a 74-36 win over South Wasco County Friday at Arlington.

February 10, 2018 11:58 a.m. read more..


Rangers post win over Mitchell

Cooper Bales and Curtis Crawford combined for 26 points to give the Dufur Rangers all the offensive push they needed to outlast Mitchell-Spray by a 63-8 margin Friday on senior night in Dufur.

February 10, 2018 11:57 a.m. read more..
 

HRV boys turn the tables on TD

Ready to make amends for a loss Tuesday against Pendleton, The Dalles boys’ basketball squad led Hood River Valley 36-30 at the half and 54-47 through three quarters. The Eagle defense then allowed five fourth-quarter field goals, while the offense delivered 10 field goals, three 3-pointers, and shot 12 of 15 from the line in a 34-14 run to defeat the Riverhawks 81-67 Friday at Vannet Court.

February 10, 2018 11:56 a.m. read more..


TD girls fight back to defeat Hood River

With three minutes left in the first quarter, time was stopped for 20 minutes as The Dalles point guard Paulina Finn had a bloody gash to her forehead with her skull exposed after colliding with teammate Bailey LeBreton on a loose ball. After facing that level of adversity in a must-win game, The Dalles girls’ basketball team rallied behind Finn with a 17-9 fourth-quarter run to take hold of a 45-42 triumph over Hood River Valley Friday in a Columbia River Conference matchup played in Hood River.

February 10, 2018 11:52 a.m. read more..
   

Journey of a Lifetime

When Kylie Reed arrived at Josh Duling’s house near Maupin for a party in 2015, he was immediately impressed; she, not so much. “When I met Josh, he was wearing a pair of skinny jeans and I gave him a hard time about being a farmer and doing that,” said Kylie, who grew up in Dufur. “I was questioning his choices.”

February 10, 2018 11:29 a.m. read more..

Friday, February 9



TD cheer is ready for state

The Dalles cheer team vies for a chance at its 13th state title in program history, starting at 1:45 p.m. this Saturday from the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

February 9, 2018 1:44 p.m. read more..


Motocross mindset unifies local families

When Dillon Waddington is on a motocross bike, he is home. There’s the thrill, the adrenaline rush, the strategy, and being in the heat of battle on a dirt track. There’s not much else in life that can fill that void.

February 9, 2018 1:42 p.m. read more..
 

‘Purpose workshop’ draws 40

What is your purpose in life? Some 40 people attended a “purpose workshop” this week which explored that heavy topic and offered ways to find the answer.

February 9, 2018 1:27 p.m. read more..


How new Chronicle delivery will work

The Dalles Chronicle has started transitioning all print subscribers to mail delivery to provide consistent and reliable service. Some routes are already receiving papers in the mail, but are getting them one day later than usual. Chelsea Marr, publisher of the Chronicle, said that problem will be resolved by the end of next week, when the new deadline schedule begins.

February 9, 2018 1:23 p.m. read more..


Level 3 sex offender locates to The Dalles

A man convicted of sex crimes in Hood River County in 2006 and 2011 has moved to The Dalles and is classified as a Level 3 offender, meaning he’s at “high risk” to reoffend. Eric Alexander VanDyke, 26, lives at 712 W. 10th St., according to the Oregon Sex Offender Inquiry System.

February 9, 2018 1:21 p.m. read more..


Fun in the Sun

Bianca, 2, explores the play equipment at Thompson Park in The Dalles. “We've been coming every day that it's been nice,” said her mother, Jessica Robledo. “We've been cooped up all winter.”

February 9, 2018 1:16 p.m. read more..

Thursday, February 8



Kiser brings hope, energy to TD softball program

Through her coaching career, Kim Kiser had the opportunity to coach under some veteran head coaches and soaked in the necessary knowledge to lead a program to newer heights. Kiser previously led varsity teams at Camas and Hockinson High School and served as a defensive specialist on the Western Oregon University staff, so her experience will be huge benefit as she takes over the head coaching duties of the softball program at The Dalles High School.

February 8, 2018 1:51 p.m. read more..


TD’s youth swimmers blast off in Hillsboro

Lydia DiGennaro and Kaiya Doty finished first or second in a combined nine events, and Lillian Dupuis, Maverick Varland, Carter Randall, Skyler Coburn and Danner Varland each had a hand in top-10 times to highlight The Dalles swim team at the two-day Heat Blast-Off Invitational ending Sunday in Hillsboro.

February 8, 2018 1:43 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Lifestyle effects

To the editor: I commend the Chronicle for a thoughtful, compassionate opinion piece on the topic of homelessness in Sunday’s issue. While I understand (but don’t agree with) the motivations of local politicians and merchants to make downtown The Dalles less inclusive to people without homes, I don’t believe it to be right or just to simply hide the homeless population from public view.

February 8, 2018 1:41 p.m. read more..
 

Letter to the Editor: True leadership

To the editor: So many good people in our area; they give their time and skills to organizations, clubs, churches; Their way of showing love for their fellow citizens, but what do they get in return? The return on the investment does not always have a good outcome.

February 8, 2018 1:38 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: No insurance

To the editor: As a local insurance agent, I am frustrated at the amount of claims I have filed for my clients that have been hit by people driving with no insurance and in many cases, no license. It baffles me how the local laws work.

February 8, 2018 1:37 p.m. read more..


Guard Support

In recognition of Subway’s support of the National Guard unit based at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center in The Dalles, the store’s owners were presented with the Seven Seals Award recently.

February 8, 2018 1:33 p.m. read more..


Bailey named to heritage commission

Ken Bailey, a third-geneation cherry grower in The Dalles, has been appointed to the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Commission, a 12-member group charged with protecting family farmlands.

February 8, 2018 1:28 p.m. read more..


Wasco veterans seek volunteers

The Wasco County Veterans’ Service Office is recruiting volunteers to man the phones and greet clients, so the two employees can concentrate on filling out a complexity of paperwork for benefit and compensation claims. “If you are a veteran, this is a really great place to meet other veterans. If you are not a vet, volunteering is a great way to give back to those who have served,” said Mark Fortin, an Army and Vietnam veteran.

February 8, 2018 1:27 p.m. read more..


Major Reconstruction

A portable stop light regulates traffic along West Second Street in The Dalles, where a major infrastructure upgrade is underway.

February 8, 2018 1:24 p.m. read more..


Teacher contract settled

The teachers union for District 21 and the school board have agreed on a new two-year contract that provides a 2.2 percent cost of living increase this year. “We are very excited and feel like things went really well,” Superintendent Candy Armstrong told the Northern Wasco County School District 21 board last week.

February 8, 2018 1:18 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, February 7

 

Sherman loses big to Yakama

With game against Ione and Horizon Christian still left on the docket, the Sherman Huskies were able to slip in a non-league hoops contest against Yakama Tribal Tuesday in Toppenish, Wash. and came away with a 68-22 loss.

February 7, 2018 12:59 p.m. read more..


Tough shooting night hurts SWC

The South Wasco County Redsides shot 12 of 45 from the floor, 2 of 19 on 3-pointers and added 31 turnovers in a 48-30 boys’ basketball setback Tuesday at home against 2A Culver.

February 7, 2018 12:58 p.m. read more..


Sherman win streak snapped by Yakama Tribal

The Sherman Huskies were cruising through their league schedule, taking down the opposition with relative ease, with a 16-game winning streak. Tuesday in Toppenish, Wash., that run ended abruptly, as Yakama Tribal erased a 22-12 first-quarter deficit by outscoring Sherman by a 54-29 margin over the final 24 minutes to score a 66-51 triumph.

February 7, 2018 12:56 p.m. read more..


Pendleton girls too strong for TD

Just a shade past the midway point of the second period, The Dalles point guard Paulina Finn swished a jump shot to inch her squad to a 17-13 deficit. From that point on, however, the No. 11-ranked Pendleton Buckaroos went on a 43-17 run over the final 19 minutes to lock down a lopsided 60-30 triumph Tuesday in girls’ basketball action from Pendleton High School.

February 7, 2018 12:55 p.m. read more..


Riverhawks’ golden opportunity dashed

Last week, The Dalles Riverhawks defeated Hood River Valley and Hermiston in consecutive games and had a chance to jump into first place in the Columbia River Conference with a win over Pendleton. They had a chance to send a message, a chance to silence the naysayers, a chance to show they belonged in the league championship conversation. Instead, the No. 14-ranked Pendleton Buckaroos staked itself atop the CRC standings and dropped The Dalles down to third place following a 57-50 victory Tuesday at Kurtz Gym.

February 7, 2018 12:51 p.m. read more..
  

Winter Sunshine

A woman walks the perimeter trail at Sorosis Park in The Dalles Tuesday afternoon. This week’s forecast calls for mostly sunny days, with increased clouds at night.

February 7, 2018 12:37 p.m. read more..


Man sentenced in dog deaths

Kenneth Ray Smith, the owner of three dogs who died in his car in October, was sentenced to three years of bench probation, with a suspended 15-day jail term, on a charge of second-degree animal neglect. The adult dogs, two pitbulls and a terrier, had been dead 24-48 hours when they were pulled from Smith’s vehicle in the 3500 block of West Second Street Oct. 1.

February 7, 2018 12:36 p.m. read more..


Long-time Judge Carey dies, age 76

As good with a gavel as he was with a wrench, Wilford “Will” Carey died Feb. 3, leaving a long legacy of community service. The attorney, judge and car collector was 76.

February 7, 2018 12:31 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, February 6

 

Athletes shine in January

The Dalles athletes were rewarded for their strong performances during the month of January at a ceremony last Friday at the Riverenza Cafe.

February 6, 2018 1:44 p.m. read more..


Ione scores 67-49 win over SWC

South Wasco County fell behind 21-16 through one period, 39-27 at the half and inched to within a 10-point deficit with three minutes left in regulation, but Ione went on an 8-0 run down the stretch to pick up its 67-49 boys’ basketball win Saturday in Ione.

February 6, 2018 1:43 p.m. read more..


No. 2 Sherman drops Arlington

League play has been very favorable for the No. 2-ranked Sherman Huskies. In 12 games, Sherman is allowing 33.5 points a game, scoring 74.0 a matchup and posting an average margin of victory of 40.5 points, with Saturday’s 79-27 road rout of Arlington running the two-time defending champions’ winning streak to 16 games.

February 6, 2018 1:42 p.m. read more..


Complete performance vaults Dufur over Condon

Dufur put all the pieces together Saturday in their most complete offensive and defensive performance as Curtis Crawford posted a season-high 26 points and Cooper Bales picked up 11 points to help the Rangers secure their 70-62 triumph at home against Condon-Wheeler.

February 6, 2018 1:40 p.m. read more..


Sherman blasts past Arlington

Jaelyn Justesen racked up 16 of her 18 points in the first three quarters as the Sherman Huskies used that outburst to jump ahead in that span, 41-26, to secure a 55-40 girls’ hoops win Saturday in Moro.

February 6, 2018 1:38 p.m. read more..


No. 7 SWC keeps win streak going

With the district top spot sealed, the No. 7 South Wasco County Redsides are looking to ride out the final two games healthy, re-focused and ready to move into state action. If this current 13-game win streak is any indication, capped by Saturday’s 61-45 home victory against Ione, the Lady Redsides are hitting at all cylinders at the right time.

February 6, 2018 1:38 p.m. read more..


Dufur girls topple Condon-Wheeler, 47-28

Over their last six games, the Dufur Rangers have won four times and are one game behind Horizon Christian, Sherman and Ione, so following Saturday’s 47-28 victory over Condon-Wheeler, the Rangers stayed within striking distance to make it a four-horse race for the final three district playoff spots.

February 6, 2018 1:31 p.m. read more..
 

Letter to the Editor: Oppose wall funding

To the editor: I strongly urge Congressman Walden and Senators Wyden and Merkley to oppose funding of the GOP’s proposed border wall in the upcoming budget negotiations. The wall will create environmental devastation in the Southwest deserts, at an enormous financial cost to this country and with little indication that it will substantially reduce illegal immigration.

February 6, 2018 1:24 p.m. read more..
 

Wahtonka school seeks charter

Wahtonka Community School is venturing into the uncharted waters of becoming a charter school. Principal Brian Goodwin is unabashed about why: He wants to give the alternative school the budget protection offered by charter school status.

February 6, 2018 1:17 p.m. read more..


Man hit by train in TD

A local transient was hit and killed by a train Sunday morning around 7:45 a.m., just west of Exit 82 of Interstate 84, according to the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office.

February 6, 2018 1:15 p.m. read more..


Bringing Jiu Jitsu to ‘First Light’

From the outside, grappling martial arts like Jiu Jitsu look a lot like rough-play and intense hugging — but insiders experienced with the sport know that it’s an inclusive community that bonds athletes at all levels through mutual empowerment. First Light Academy, a fitness center that offers training in self-defense, combat sports, primal fitness and yoga, brings that sense of community and individual empowerment to Mosier, having moved there from Hood River last month.

February 6, 2018 1:12 p.m. read more..


Ex-teacher accused of sex abuse

Robert Weems, 42, a former substitute teacher in School District 21 and a former track and wrestling coach at the middle school, was arrested Friday and is accused of having sex with a student. A grand jury indictment dated Friday, Feb. 2, lists charges against Weems of third-degree sexual abuse, first-degree official misconduct and two counts of second-degree sexual abuse, all relating to the same victim. He was arrested in the 2400 block of East 11th Street.

February 6, 2018 1:09 p.m. read more..
  

MCEDD Spotlight: Pita Pit

Cheramy Rovianek was ready for a new challenge that would keep her connected to the community and allow her to work with young people. That challenge: Opening Hood River's Pita Pit.

February 6, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


December Building Permits

Companies and homeowners are building or remodeling throughout the Columbia Gorge. Here is a quick look at commercial and residential building permits.

February 6, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Monday, February 5



Man killed by train

A local transient was hit and killed by a train Saturday morning around 7:45 a.m. just west of Exit 82 on Interstate 84, according to the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office.

February 5, 2018 12:36 p.m. read more..

Saturday, February 3



Late flurry lifts SWC to victory

Kal Bailey scored seven fourth-quarter points and teammates Garrett Olson and Tuff Wilson added a field goal each, as South Wasco County broke open a 34-all tie with a 9-0 run in the final three minutes of regulation to lock down a 43-34 victory over Mitchell-Spray Friday in Maupin.

February 3, 2018 11:59 a.m. read more..


Sherman blows past Condon

Jacob Justesen scored 28 points, Treve Martin added 24, and Luke Martin rattled off 17 points to move the No. 2-ranked Huskies ahead for an 86-53 trouncing of Condon-Wheeler Friday in a league matchup held in Fossil.

February 3, 2018 11:59 a.m. read more..
 

Sherman girls stay in control

Clinging to one of the final playoff spots, the Sherman Huskies stormed back from a 9-6 first-quarter deficit with a 34-17 spurt in the final three quarters to beat Condon-Wheeler, 40-26, in Big Sky girls’ hoops play Friday in Fossil.

February 3, 2018 11:57 a.m. read more..


Lady Rangers get road triumph

With a favorable schedule in two of their final three regular season games, the Dufur Rangers are in control of their own district playoff destiny. As it stands, the Rangers remained one game behind both Horizon and Sherman for the fourth slot after a 53-18 road drubbing of Arlington Friday.

February 3, 2018 11:56 a.m. read more..


Redsides put the screws to Mitchell-Spray, 49-10

The South Wasco County Redsides had a defensive effort for the ages in Friday’s home game against Mitchell-Spray, holding the Eagle-Loggers to one field goal and forcing 30 turnovers in a 49-10 blowout win in Maupin.

February 3, 2018 11:54 a.m. read more..


TD girls show heart in close loss

Off the heels of a 32-point loss the last time The Dalles girls’ basketball team played Hermiston, the Riverhawks climbed back into contention late in the fourth quarter down 48-46 with 22 seconds left, but Jazlyn Romero swished four consecutive free throws to give the Lady Bulldogs a 52-46 win Friday.

February 3, 2018 11:53 a.m. read more..


TD vaults into second after 91-85 victory

In big games, the stars rise to the top. For The Dalles Riverhawks, there weren’t one or two contributors that came up clutch against Hermiston, it was Henry Lee, Dakota Murr, Javier Hernandez, Oscar Fernandez, Josh Nisbet and Jack Bonham who gave this group the necessary spark to pick up a 91-85 triumph Friday in Columbia River Conference hoops action at Kurtz Gym.

February 3, 2018 11:49 a.m. read more..
 

Letter to the Editor: Saving lives

To the editor: Why do people turn to fundraisers and GoFundMe accounts when disaster hits and they are faced with a sudden healthcare crisis? Has it happened to you? Now is the time, Greg Walden, to look at health care for all as a comprehensive, equitable, publicly funded and high-quality system to serve everyone, men women and children.

February 3, 2018 11:37 a.m. read more..
 

A place for everyone

The first thing visitors will note when they walk into the Mid-Columbia Senior Center are the dedicated volunteers running the reception desk. Looking around, they will also see a vibrant community of all ages enjoying each other’s company over a healthy, freshly cooked meal or through a variety of activities, such as Tai Chi and dominoes. The senior center is dedicating the month of February to letting the community know about the quiet work done by businesses and volunteers to create a gathering place for anyone who wants to socialize or get involved with programs.

February 3, 2018 11:13 a.m. read more..


Fire consumes motorhome

A firefighter with Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue knocks down flames consuming a fully-engulfed motorhome near the corner of J. and 12th Streets in The Dalles Saturday morning at 4 a.m. Firefighters cleared from the scene at 5:45 a.m. Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue was assisted on scene by Dallesport Fire department crews.

February 3, 2018 5:36 a.m. read more..

Friday, February 2



Moe realizes dream of college baseball

On a cold December morning last year, Bradley Moe wanted to get on the diamond for some extra repetitions ahead of the upcoming baseball season. With no teammates or coaches around, the Sherman High School senior called on his mother Shannon Devore for some batting practice and soft toss. Just thinking about that moment — his mother dressed down in a heavy coat with mittens on and a stocking cap covering her head, evoked an ear-to-ear smile. It is not something a lot of other mothers would do, but Moe has plans to take the sport of baseball as far as he can, maybe even professionally, and so through that level of commitment from someone he loves, he vows to pay it forward at the next level, where he accepted a scholarship offer to play baseball for Clackamas Community College.

February 2, 2018 1:33 p.m. read more..
 

Creating a safe refuge for kids

A new after-school program on Wednesdays — an early release day in the school district — at Wahtonka Community School is the brainchild of two sisters who are students there. Sisters Anyssa and Nevaeh Campos spent five years in foster care, three of them apart, in homes all over the state and even in Colorado. They don’t know if any of the kids in their program are also foster kids, but at any rate, they just wanted to create a place where kids could come and have some snacks, read some books and play some games.

February 2, 2018 1:18 p.m. read more..


Better seating planned

The school district will loan portable bleachers to the chamber of commerce for its increasingly popular Cherry Idol event during Cherry Festival, the school board agreed on Tuesday. How many the chamber will need — and how many will fit in the space — will be decided soon.

February 2, 2018 1:13 p.m. read more..


Permit process changes

State building codes officials were finally equipped to answer local stakeholders’ questions at a meeting Tuesday evening, where they assured local contractors that the state building codes division would operate as similarly to MCCOG as possible.

February 2, 2018 1:10 p.m. read more..

Thursday, February 1



Making a difference

At halftime of Tuesday’s basketball games at Kurtz Gym, The Dalles High School athletic department had a few seniors nominate teachers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in representing mentorship, guidance and leadership in helping high school student-athletes achieve academic and athletic success on the field and in the classroom.

February 1, 2018 1:47 p.m. read more..


Riverhawk quartet scores huge wins versus HRV

In a second and final Columbia River Conference home dual of the season, The Dalles wrestling team had a better overall performance since a 75-12 setback to Hermiston on Jan. 17, as Steven Preston, Glenn Breckterfield and JR Scott each notched victories in a 60-15 loss to Hood River Valley on senior night Wednesday at Kurtz Gym.

February 1, 2018 1:44 p.m. read more..


TD cheerleaders clap back in Clackamas

Winning back-to-back competitions by an average of 5.5 points did not sit well with members of The Dalles cheer squad. At the Cavalier Cheer Invitational in Clackamas, TD got its groove back in a major way with top honors by a final margin of 183.9-132.5 over second-place Hood River Valley.

February 1, 2018 1:39 p.m. read more..
 

Letter to the Editor: Good neighbors

To the editor: I’m writing this because I am a trained administrative assistant looking for work and I have been having a tough time. I know that I have a competitive job market to face right now.

February 1, 2018 1:34 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Be skeptical

To the editor: Fifty years ago, when I was a young girl sitting around the kitchen table, our family would tune in to a program that asked listeners to weigh in on the pros and cons of different moral issues or legal questions. With that background and the fact that back then there were only a few sources of news, I was struck by a recent commentary in The Oregonian that felt parents should discuss with their children biases in today’s news and social media.

February 1, 2018 1:33 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Make voice heard

To the editor: In response to “Man ejected from Lyle school meeting.” It is interesting that Lyle Superintendent Andrew Kelly's former boss called me a liar and provided a quote that had a dead man apologize to Kelly for striking Kelly's vehicle with his body.

February 1, 2018 1:32 p.m. read more..


Vital and venerated: Mt. Hood Meadows turns 50

Mount Hood, called “the mountain of youth” by one speaker, is an ageless wonder to another. The 400 or so people at the 50th anniversary of Mount Hood Meadows ski resort Jan. 25 heard words honoring the half-century old resort as an organization, and the mountain itself as a vital, venerated place.

February 1, 2018 1:24 p.m. read more..


Wash. Gov denies Vancouver terminal, opponents praise move

A planned oil train terminal that has drawn controversy in some Gorge communities suffered its heaviest blow yet when Washington Gov. Jay Inslee denied the project’s permit Monday, siding with state environmental regulators. The Tesoro-Savage terminal that was proposed for the Columbia River shore in Vancouver would have boosted the number of fossil fuel trains rolling through the Gorge.

February 1, 2018 1:17 p.m. read more..


New mini storage open in The Dalles

Two years ago, Richard Hynd tried to rent a storage unit in The Dalles. “Ain’t happening, not in The Dalles,” he recounted. So he and his partner, Lorne Richman, built their own self storage facility. Located at 105 Webber St., Oregon Trail Mini Storage opened in November.

February 1, 2018 1:11 p.m. read more..


Dog park open house Feb. 5

Residents are invited to a “pop-in, pop-out” open house Monday, Feb. 5 to let the parks and recreation district know their thoughts on off-leash dog parks in The Dalles.

February 1, 2018 1:09 p.m. read more..


Wanted: Vietnam, Korean war gear, stories

Lisa Commander, director of the Columbia Gorge Veterans Museum, is asking men and women who served in the Vietnam and Korean wars to contribute to special exhibits this year. “We’re looking for stories or anything connected to folks who served overseas or anyone from the homefront,” she said.

February 1, 2018 1:06 p.m. read more..
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